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How to Make a Soda Can Guitar

You've seen guitars made out of wood and you may have seen some guitar-type crafts made out of a shoebox. You probably are less likely, however, to have seen a soda can guitar. This type of project is a little more challenging than using a shoebox, but it has a unique look and sound. You only need a few supplies and a little effort to create your very own soda can guitar.

Open the soda can and drink the soda or empty it.

Remove the entire top of the can by using a can opener.

Hold the tip of one of the blades on a pair of scissors in the center of the side of the can.

Tap the top of the scissors gently with a hammer in order to puncture a small hole in the side of the can.

Place a dowel on top of the hole and tap it with the hammer until it completely goes through the hole.

Slide the dowel into the can until it reaches the other side. This will serve as an ornamental "neck" of the guitar.

Stretch three rubber bands across the top hole of the soda can. Experiment with different sizes and thicknesses, as smaller, tighter bands produce higher pitches and wider, looser bands produce lower pitches.

Warning

Be careful when cutting and piercing the soda can, as the aluminum edges can cut you.

About the Author

Charlotte Johnson is a musician, teacher and writer with a master's degree in education. She has contributed to a variety of websites, specializing in health, education, the arts, home and garden, animals and parenting.